Guilt among husband caregivers of Chinese women with breast cancer: The roles of male gender‐role norm, caregiving burden and coping processes
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AbstractCaregiver guilt (i.e., feeling of inadequacy in providing care to patients) is commonly experienced and studied among husbands of breast cancer survivors in Western countries. However, little is known about the psychosocial correlates of caregiver guilt in their Chinese counterparts. A total of 176 husbands of Chinese breast cancer survivors completed a cross‐sectional survey in Weifang, Shandong province, China. As expected, hierarchical regression results showed that higher caregiving burden was associated with higher levels of caregiver guilt. However, for those who had stronger endorsement of the “Masculinity strength” gender‐role norm, higher seeking social support from spouse was associated with higher guilt; for those with higher levels of marital satisfaction, higher protective buffering (i.e., hiding of concerns and negative emotions to protect others) was associated with lower caregiver guilt. Western assumptions on the harm of protective buffering and the benefits of support seeking as well as related supportive evidence among Western populations do not directly apply to the Chinese culture, which should be brought awareness to research and practice. Practitioners should consider the cultural background of the caregivers and should not simply encourage support seeking and discourage protective buffering.
Acceptance Date05/05/2018
All Author(s) ListYeung NCY, Zhang YW, Ji LL, Lu GH, Lu Q
Journal nameEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Year2018
Month9
Volume Number27
Issue Number5
Article numbere12872
ISSN0961-5423
LanguagesEnglish-United States
Keywordsbreast cancer, gender role, guilt, husband caregivers, protective buffering, social support seeking

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